The bicentennial restoration of the Mount Vernon Place Washington Monument addressed a series of unique architectural challenges anchored in its history, form, and cultural significance. This was the first monument to our Nation’s first President who was also a farmer, surveyor and General. Designed by Robert Mills, the structure is not only a monument but also a building intended for visitors to occupy and enjoy. Begun in 1815 the structure remains the centerpiece of the Mount Vernon Place National Historic Landmark District. The restoration was reviewed by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation and the Maryland Historical Trust. The documents were developed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
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